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1. I really want to change my signature scent for the summer. Can you recommend some new fragrances light enough to be my new summer scent?

Your signature scent is as important as your resume. It can make a first impression without saying a word. Leaves a calling card for those who meet you. And might help you attract your future soul mate. So the hunt for the perfect fragrance is a serious task. If you’re hunting for a summer fragrance it should be light and not too heavy or woodsy. A perfect example is Dior Addict 2 Sparkle in Pink blends tangy citrus fruits, juicy watermelon and freesia together. ($50, Limited Edition, sephora.com). Also try Escada Sunset Heat which is the perfect summer scent thanks to tropical notes of papaya, pineapple mousse and mango sherbet, mixed with icy watermelon and seductive sandalwood. ($50, sephora.com)

2. I need inexpensive makeup, and nothing I find is in my budget. Any suggestions?

You’re in luck. The market is now flooded with inexpensive makeup. And please take note; there is a big difference between
cheap makeup and inexpensive makeup. Cheap makeup is not even worth the pennies you spend on it. It’s hard to apply and looks terrible on your skin. Inexpensive makeup on the other hand, is makeup that costs less but delivers a good product. That being said, I love inexpensive makeup. The local drugstore carries a lot of really good brands. E.L.F (which stands for eyes, lips, face) carries an assortment of products all for only $1.00!!! You heard me right a buck. They have lip-glosses; makeup brushes, mascara, eye shadows and a whole lot more. The products go on smooth and last for a while. Visit e.l.f. or to your local drug store to find them.

Another great inexpensive product line is NYC. They carry foundations, powders, blushes, glosses, shadows, liners, tools and even lashes. The prices range from $1.50 to $5.00 and they deliver some really outstanding products. I personally love their lashes and lip glosses (shimmery but not too shinny). You can find NYC at Wal*mart, Target and mass retailers nationwide.

3. What kind of mascaras are best for different eye lashes?

There is mascara for every eyelash type. Thickening, lengthening, waterproof and colored. The trick to finding the mascara that is perfect for you is to first determine what type of lash you have. Then decide what type of look you are going for. For instance, if you have light lashes but want a more defined eye go for a dark thinking mascara like Bare Essentials Big Tease Mascara ( $15, Bare Escentuals). If you have short lashes and want a longer sexier lash then go for mascara that lengthens like N.Y.C.’s Lengthening Mascara ( $1.99, Target). Then you have your staples that work across the board no matter what look you are going for. My favorite (and many beauty editors have rated it #1 for years) is Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, which retails for $4.59 at drugstores nationwide.

4. I’m interested in buying bronzer for my face to give it a little glow. Do you have any favorites you can recommend?

Bronzers come in Gels, Powders and Creams. The first step in determining the best product for you is to determine your skin type. For instance, cream bronzers work best on those with dry skin. Lancôme’s Star Bronzer Cream leaves skin soft and glowing for hours ($30.00, lancome-usa.com). Powder bronzers work best on people with oily skin. Try Benefit Cosmetics 10, which combines a powder bronzer and highlight powder for an amazing effect. ($26.00, benefitcosmetics.com). And a gel can work for either skin type and blends quickly and easily. Laura Mercier makes a fantastic gel bronzer that is sheer and adds a warm glow ($30, www.lauramercier.com).

5. Do you have any recommendations for false lashes that can be worn without any mascara or liner?

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If you want lashes. You have asked the right lady. I love lashes. Long lashes, short lashes, individual lashes, strips, oh the list goes on. Most lashes especially the more affordable brands come out of the packages looking like they already have mascara on. That’s why most people apply them to their own lashes after they have applied a coat of mascara. You can avoid having to user liner when wearing lashes by applying individual lashes instead of a strip. Most people who wear strips apply liner to help conceal the strip line and blend it in so it looks less obvious. Now individual lashes are a little harder to apply and take more time but if the look you are going for is more natural, then this is the way to go. You can pick up a pack of Ardell Duralash Individual Lashes (in short, medium, long, brown or black) at your local drugstore for $3.49 or go to drugstore.com. Don’t forget the individual lash adhesive which is different than the strip lash adhesive.

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  • Keisha

    Great Advice!!! This is why I LOVE Clutch. Not only do they give tips on how to accomplish a look they give the actually product names and where to find them. I am on my way to get some lashes now!

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